Monday, March 3, 2014

Guest post Savage Secrets by Cristin Harber

Caterina Cruz has no home. No loyalties. No objection to exacting torturous revenge. Her life’s mission is to destroy the terrorist who murdered her family. Then she steps into an elaborate game of charades alongside a Titan Group operative posing as an arms dealer—and her newlywed husband. The sexy distraction may be more than she can handle.
Attacked with a psychedelic drug weeks before, Rocco Savage is plagued with hallucinations that threaten his new rank as Titan’s second-in-command. No one knows and he wants to keep it that way. Throwing him further off his game, he now has a wife with her own secrets he can’t crack and an agenda he can’t control.
Their mission—an elaborate deception of heated glances and passionate kisses—spins out of control. With Rocco’s mind already compromised, can he keep his secret and his distance? And with Caterina’s tragic past controlling her every move, can she keep the con up long enough to secure her revenge? Or will both go down in flames
Guest Post
When Characters Ignore Me
Rocco Savage is an easy going guy in the Titan series. He handles responsibility well, but he has always been down for a little gossip, some gym time, and vegging in front of the TV. Initially, I imagined his character was a little goofy.
I. Was. Wrong. In a major way.
Rocco is deep. The dark moments that piled on him nearly broke my heart as I sat at my computer typing and crying. Staying true to a character’s voice is hard and there are a few unbelievably gut churning moments in Savage Secrets. More than once I thought it would be easier to type out a “happier” dark moment.
The dark times in Savage Secrets reach into your chest and tear out your heart. I tried to write something a little more… fluffy. It was nice. It read fine. But I hated it more than I hated the hell I put Cat and Roc through. That’s because it wasn’t their story. It was something I conjured up because I was scared of where they took me. In the end, the fluffier, lighter ending ended up in a deleted scenes folder.
When you read along with Roc and Cat, I hope you feel their pain and their triumph. It’s the way they told their story and the only way I could recount it. Their love is one for the record books.

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